FG removes 23,846 ghost workers from payroll

By The Citizen
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The Federal Government on Sunday said it has removed 23,846 non-existent workers from its payroll.

Consequently, the salary bill for February 2016 has reduced by N2.293 billion when compared to December 2015 at which time the BVN audit process commenced.

A statement from the Federal Ministry of Finance said 'this figure represents a percentage of the number of non-existent workers who had hitherto been receiving salary from various ministries, departments and agencies.'

The statement added that further investigation of other suspected cases will continue in conjunction with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

' The removal of non existent workers from federal payroll and the savings on salaries was made possible because of the ongoing BVN-based staff audit and enrolment to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS)', the statement said.

The Federal Government is also making efforts to recover 'salary balances in bank accounts as well as any pension contributions in respect of the deleted workers. This involves active collaboration with the concerned banks and the National Pension Commission (Pencom).'